An Addiction Psychiatry Service for Substance Misusers (non-alcoholic) - deals with those with severe and enduring mental illness, combined with opiate use.
The team comprises a consultant psychiatrist, community psychiatric nurses (CPNs), social workers, psychologists and administrative staff. Referrals accepted from a wide range of agencies, including the Glasgow Drug Problems Service, the Drug Crisis Centre, GPs, social work services and voluntary organisations. There is a simple referral form and the team has its own comprehensive assessment tool. A case management approach is adopted with particular emphasis on risk assessment.
Although the team has a wide range of skills due to its multi-disciplinary nature, there is a commitment to joint working and close relationships have been established with other agencies. Successful liaison and shared care is now the norm. The team has several prescribing clinics which operate in health and resource centres throughout Glasgow. Advice clinics have also been established in the Drug Crisis Centre and the Drug Problem Service. Assertive outreach and motivational interviewing in these settings have proved to be successful in preventing clients falling through gaps in care.
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